It’s no secret that State College is not exactly a bustling metropolis. Being nestled in farm country can be a shock for students used to having something like the King of Prussia mall down the street. But what this area lacks in retail options is easily compensated for by the awesome musical acts that come through town.
This winter JayZ and Kanye West both performed at the Bryce Jordan Center, within two weeks of each other. This bit of musical fortune prompted us to delve a little further into what kind of options there are for those in State College who love live music, whether it be country or classical.
As an overview, the Bryce Jordan Center, or BJC, hosts well-known acts throughout the year. They focus on big name rock, country, and indie artists during the semester and throw in some kids shows and events when they’re not hosting career fairs or Big 10 basketball games.
Each semester The Center for the Performing Arts schedules a wide array of more high brow fare on campus, like this spring’s performance of Swan Lake by the Moscow Festival Ballet and the Broadway musical Memphis.
At the same time student groups like SPA (Student Programming Association) bring in smaller acts, like the Founders Day concert on March 4 featuring Great Big World and Delta Rae. Students also organize the annual Movin’ On festival, held near the end of spring semester. Past acts have included Fall Out Boys, O.A.R. and the Avett Brothers, among many others.
The point of all this is to say to all you music lovers out there, don’t worry. Tons of great acts come to State College on a regular basis (we haven’t even started talking about downtown venues like the State Theatre that book their own shows). So when you come to Penn State, don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.